Dear Olly by Michael Morpurgo Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

 

Dear Olly is a great fiction book for 7+. It is illustrated by Christian Birmingham and the pictures  really bring the book to life. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as Matt leaves for Africa, swallows get ready for winter and Olly grows up without her brother beside her.

This book is about a girl called Olly, serious things happen in her life: Her brother (Matt) moves to Africa and she has to save a swallow called Hero. As Olly waits for her brother’s letters, she watches the swallows preparing to leave for winter. Hero the swallow starts his long journey to Africa, not knowing the terrible dangers he will meet on the way. And when Matt sees the children in the African orphanage – sick, injured and lonely – he knows he has made the right decision, but he never could have dreamt of what was going to happen to happen to him there. I love the way that all of the chapters link together in different ways. If you want to find out more then buy this book and read on!!

 

EH

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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia , The Lion , the Witch and the wardrobe . by C.S Lewis

This is a fantasy tale with lions, witches and most surprisingly, a magical wardrobe that opens to the mysterious and imaginative world of Narnia.

Once there are four mischievous children,Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.This story is about a mysterious event that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. It all started when the four explored their Professor’s massive house  and Lucy uncovered the doorway to Narnia… A  snow-filled paradise.

Enchanted witches,great lions,many battles and powerful magic makes this a thrilling book to read and as the four adventure deep into the secrets of Narnia , they uncover the evil and most cunning,white witch.

I highly recommend this book for children(8+)  who have wild imaginations and  enjoy mystery,betrayal and magic themed tales. To  me,these are the key to every book and hook all readers to read on.It inspired me to try some other books by C.S.Lewis and after reading this fantasy book, I am sure that you will definitely be interested to read them to!(hopefully!)

 

If you like the sound of this curious tale, then buy this book now!

 

 

A.S

Review: Tom Gates Extra Special Treats (not) By Liz Pichon 

 

This is an action-packed fiction book and it’s full of hilarious moments!

As usual Tom keeps getting into trouble but this time drawing his doodles might not be the best option. Tom Gates really wants to become a star pupil of his class even though he might be the best child for drawing it’s not good to do it in class (especially when your teachers looking)!

Liz Pichon didn’t just write this book but she illustrated it as well! All of the pictures Liz has drawn really brings the book to life in my opinion. It helps me to understand a bit more about the story she has written and some of the illustrations Liz has drawn are hilarious!

The main character is obviously Tom Gates but there are lots of others like Tom’s best friend Derek but some are just really annoying.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves action packed stories with hilarious moments in it. I would also be happy to recommend it to everyone 8+much younger might not understand the story or be-able to read it. Please read this book it’s AMAZING!

T.W

Review: 50 Princess Stories  By Miles Kelly

 

This book is filled with wonderful illustrations for children to understand and enjoy. This book takes place in an enchanting realm of exquisite princesses and brave knights in shining armour! I would highly recommend this book to children aged between 7 and 11 as this book is a magnificent way to encourage children to read traditional stories such as ‘The 12 dancing princesses.’

This book has lots of stories but one of my favourite is ‘The Mother and the Daughter who Worshipped the Sun.’ This story is about a young girl and her mother who fall out due to the daughter eating half of her mother’s cornmeal cake and her mother kicks her out of the house. Join her and the Sun who help her as she travels across the lands to find a new home. Find out how she gets married to a prince and becomes the queen of the land and makes the kingdom worship the Sun as well.

‘I have read this book 4 times and I am still not bored of it that is how interesting this book is’ said a pupil year 5. Read this book and you too will say the same thing.

Written by S.P

Wonder By R.J. Palacio

This book is about a boy named August Pullman who is deformed.  Most people call him August. He has an older sister called Olivia but people call her Via. August has never, ever been to a school before, he is home schooled by his Mum (who really cares for him). I recommend it because it’s very interesting to find out what happens next. Although at times it is a sad book the time comes when August has to go to school……

 

When August goes to look around he meets some students, Charlotte, Julian and Jack. They are asked by the head teacher (Mr Tushman) to help August look around .What I really like about this book is the quote that Olivia said to August on his first day of school” You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”. August suddenly makes a friend, Jack. But does he really like him? Julian starts writing notes to August and calls him names. I recommend this book ages 8+.

Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This book is about four children called Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan. They go on a magical adventure to the land of Narnia. Narnia is a place where there are two tribes one tribe is the Snow Queen’s tribe and the other is Aslan’s tribe. You probably think that Aslan is a person but he’s a lion!!!!!!!! .Back to the story the first scene is set in an old house with a magical wardrobe that led to Narnia. Lucy walks into the wardrobe and meets Mr.Tumnus a half goat and half human.

Then Edmund went through the wardrobe and met the evil Snow Queen the Snow Queen gave him Turkish delight. I recommend   this book for children that like magical mayhem   and children from the age 10.

LP

Review: The Lonely Pony By Sarah Hawkins

 

Come and join us in a heart-warming story about a little girl and some horses. The main character in the story is Mia who is a very loving girl and loves horses. Mia’s mum works at the RSPCA, some nights if Mia’s mum isn’t at the school gates to pick her up, Mia will go to meet her mum at the RSPCA centre but while she is waiting she goes to visit all the horses there.

My favourite part of the story is the end because Polly (the new pony) gets a home. This book is based on a real life animal rescue by the RSCPA. Mia’s best friend is Jasmine meet each other nearly every day of the half term they have, but what will happen when a new horse comes to the centre.

This is a fiction but non-fiction story because all the characters names are made up except Polly’s but the rescue of Polly is a real rescue by the RSPCA. I like how the author has written this because it makes you feel like you’re in the story with Mia and her mum.

LB

Review:Mystery of the Cocos Gold by Saviour Pirotta Illustrated by Mark Oldroyd

 

This book is about pirates hiding treasure on an island named Cocos Island. The main characters are John Hawker and Mr Thomas (Captain of the Mary Dear). It was the first Treasure Island and some pirates hid some valuable treasure there on 22nd September 1821.

John’s first couple of weeks were terrible because he felt sea-sick. He had a map of the whole sea so in the future when he owns a ship, John will know the way to the treasure. This book explains that over 300 people tried to find the Cocos treasure and nobody found it yet. Cocos Island is located in the Pacific Ocean and the waterfalls are hot, thick and blinding. It’s very tropical and no wonder that’s where the pirates hid the treasure in the 1700s and 1800s because Cocos Island is the best place to bury treasure.

I like this book because it is non-fiction and fiction in the same book. I used to like this book when I was 7 years old.

This book is exciting and even kind of scary sometimes. I would recommend this book to children aged 6-8 years old and for boys because it is mostly about pirates. (If you buy it hope you enjoy reading this.)

K.K

Review: The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo 

This brilliant book is about a little girl named Laura. Her twin brother (Billy) disappears then a storm comes and demolishes everything. There is only a little bit of hope… until the Zanzibar is wrecked on the island rocks and changes everything.

I recommend this amazing book for children 7 years old and up. This book is a diary written by Laura.

Laura was a brave and resilient girl that would try her best to make her family feel the same as before even though Billy was gone.

In this book, the illustrations made me understand more about what is happening in the book. I like this book because when one terrible thing happens, another bad thing happens and it gives a lot of impact.

This book is like other books that the author has written because most of the books are about war. My favourite part about the book is when Billy left them because when he left, everyone started arguing and horrible things started to occur like when the storm came and their cows started becoming ill so it was like everyone missed him.

Do you want to find out more about this spectacular book? If you do, go buy and read it. Hopefully you enjoy reading this.

ER

Book Review Tom Gates-Top of the Class (nearly) by Liz Pichon

This book is hilarious! This links very well with my life and Liz’s life at home and school particularly since Tom loves doodling (in class). When the school bully (Buster Jones) accuses Tom of drawing a hilarious picture of Mr Fullerman will he get in trouble or will he get out of the situation? In a dream he thinks he’s a School Councillor and makes every single day a fun-filled day!

I would recommend this book to children (maybe adults) who have a great imagination and families who love doodling and drawing. If you read this book you will get enthused by the drawings and will use them in your daily-life. The illustration really captures your attention and hooks you to read further!  Tom finds it very hard to stay awake in class; he tells Mr Fullerman ‘I can see through my eyelids and I was concentrating very hard Sir’.  (As if!)

Tom and his best friend Derek have an awesome band…DOGSZOMBIES!!! He and Derek need a drummer desperately and it just had to be Norman Watson! If he eats a sweet before drumming he goes extremely hyper!

If you want to read more…BUY THE BOOK NOW!!!

EAC